Today is my birthday. Eighty three years. Wow!
Time moves fast. Everything just yesterday. High school, college, law school, marriage, children, grandchildren, court cases, successful practice, mistakes made, lessons learned, etc.
I feel good for my age. The body breaks down as we go along. Mine started around 60. You go to the doctor and hope they can fix whatever it is. Generally can. As you get older however, you become concerned about the day something many not be able to be fixed.
Mentally, I am still 35. Amazing! The issue of mental age comes up in conversations among the elderly. Everyone is between 25-45. Interesting.
My poor Mother. Several times she reminded me of my birth. Mid summer 1935. Hot. Humid. No air conditioning. Not invented yet. The hospital sweltering!!!
Took 26 hours of labor for me to make my entrance.
I was born in Utica’s General Hospital. A welfare type hospital for the poor. Amazing how this country provides the opportunity to live a better more affluent life.
I look forward to 84. Hopefully many more years following. My Dad made it to 98, his father 94, his sister 102. One condition. I would want to be in good shape physically and mentally.
Midnight was the beginning of a dark day for global trade. Trump permitted his threatened tariffs re China to go into effect. China waited hoping Trump would back off. When he did not, China imposed retaliatory tariffs.
China described what occurred as the beginning of the “largest trade war in history.” An economist described the event as “typical trade bullying.”
The first salvo has been fired. America will be the first casualty. Trump does not understand. An example the soybean farmers who will not be able to sell their product. The U.S. supplies China with 60 percent of its soybean imports.
Take a walk back in time. Herbert Hoover elected President. It is 1928. The stock market booming. At an all time high. Hoover a protectionist. Believed in tariffs. Could not leave well enough alone. Imposed tariffs. One year later, the Great Depression.
Trump was in Montana last night at a rally. His audience a mere 6,500. Down dramatically from the many thousands who previously attended. A smaller audience, seated closer together, to make the place look more full.
Trump’s mouth his worst enemy. Among other sad/improper things uttered last night included knocking Bush I and John McCain. Both war heroes. Bush shot down twice during World War II. McCain spent six years in a Vietnamese concentration camp, tortured non stop.
Trump was a draft dodger.
The man knocks everyone and everything. Lies consistently. Thinks he knows everything. He is leading us to a doom.
Chart Room last night. As always, a good and interesting time.
Steve and Cindy back. I have been looking to their return. They lived in Key West in the early and mid 1970’s when things were different. On the wild side! I take notes rapidly. Add a bit of research, each becomes a story to be written.
Dorothy in for a few days. Her dentist husband died two years ago. It was good to see her again. An author who achieved success. Dorothy has a sharp mind. It was evident when a new friend, Ray from Dublin, told us a great joke. Dorothy had an instantaneous follow up that fit.
Met a most interesting couple. One Ray already mentioned and his wife Augusta. World travelers of sorts. Ray has been in the oil business over the years in one capacity or another. Retired now, invests primarily in oil stocks and other types he believes are going to move. Apparently successful.
Enjoyed their company. Ray and I disagree on one point. He has traveled the world living and working. He believes Trump will be viewed as the greatest U.S. President since Reagan.
Bothersome. Worries me.
Trump overwhelms the news. As a result, we fail to get sufficient information re what is going on in the rest of the world. Nicaragua, for example.
A horrendous conflict once again. The government killing people randomly. The war relatively new. Three weeks. A full blown civil war in the making.
The conflict includes the Catholic Church which is opposed to what is going on. Involved are President Daniel Ortega. He was President many years ago. And his wife Rosario Murillo. She, Vice-President.
The Vice-President wife recently said God favors repression against priests and people. Trump not the only one who is sick.
Bad days in Nicaragua that will only get worse. People will flee the country. U.S. borders will be closed to them.
BOB begged off again this morning. Still tired from the fireworks. The trial result and what followed left to tomorrow. Hopefully.
One thing I learned last night was that Bum Farto was involved in more than drugs. Prostitution. He drove El Jefe around dropping off prostitutes and picking them up when their work was done.
Enjoy your day!
I once had a very good friend who was an evangelical christian, and strong Republican. In a moment of deep discussion he told me that evangelicals, and perhaps all christians, would probably not exist if it wasn’t for a serious need to feel persecuted and that this was the basis for all their decisions, particularly political. I’ve though a lot about this for the last twenty years and believe he had that right.
Your explanation about a persecution complex amongst christians and republicans is an insight that might explain why so many on the right are so willing to blindly accept and defend a leader so vile and vulgar and at any cost, no matter what he says and does. I guess they feel even a false persecution is more important as a rallying cry, than any real moral conviction.
It is a sad time for America.
I consider the rise of Trump and others in history with similar traits to be the perfect storm. Often, decades after they exit the scene, we wonder how such a thing happened and say “never again”
Unfortunately the worst has a way of repeating.
I enjoy reading your Blog.